Our Board of Deacons
“The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.” Presbyterian Church (USA) Constitution, Book of Order (G 2.0201)
- Circle of Care with Shepherds
Circles of Care are geographical groups of congregational membership under the care of a Deacon who maintains close contact for support, celebration, and care during transitions and challenges of life. Shepherds are members who assist in particular relationships of continuing care. Each circle of care gathers twice a year so members will know one another better and be able to care for one another in times of need or celebrate in times of joy.
- Blood Drive
A blood drive is held in the spring and fall of each year to enable members to be donors to the Carolina Blood Bank and also enable our members to use their services if needed. The Blood Bank Van will be on site at the church and dates for each drive are advertised within the church. Volunteers staff the desk during the blood drive.
Flowers from worship are delivered to homebound or those who are in special need when the donor makes them available to the deacons to share to bring cheer into members’ lives.
Deacons provide for transportation to and from Clemson Downs for the 10:30 worship service each Sunday. They also seek to support members in need of transportation due to health and crisis events.
- Food for Special Needs and Bereavement Meals
When a member family is in crisis, hospitalized or has experienced a death, Deacons and other members rally to provide meal trains or a bereavement meal as part of the extended family needs for a memorial or funeral service. These meals provide nourishment for the individual or family in a loving and caring manner and are often coordinated with Presbyterian Women, Sunday school classes, and various other church groups.
Receptions for funerals, special events, honoring members over 95, etc. Volunteers are needed and coordination by the Deacons.
- Books for Babies
As part of the caring ministry of the Deacons, the delivery of books and monogramed burp cloths are a part of the joy of sharing with the families at the addition of the newest/youngest members of the congregation.
- First Aid Kits and AEDs
First Aid Kits and AEDs are maintained throughout the church building and a list of trained members is updated by the Deacons annually.
- Temporary Medical Equipment Need
The church maintains a donated supply of medical equipment for loan when members have short-term needs for walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
A Prayer Shawl Ministry was started in late 2008 and meets monthly to make knitted or crocheted shawls and then shares the shawls to members in times of need or celebration.